Britney Greiner arrested in Russia: State Department says WNBA star ‘performs as best as can be expected’

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On Thursday, the State Department responded to a letter from Representatives Byron Donalds, R-Florida, and Burgess Owens, Utah, in which they called on the Biden administration to send a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, letting him know that Americans would not be. Making political pawns in the midst of the country’s war on Ukraine.

The March 10 letter, obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital, expressed concerns about Britney Greiner being detained in the country. Greiner was arrested in February after Russian officials said a search of her luggage revealed e-cigarette cartridges containing cannabis-derived oil.

Greiner could face up to a decade in prison if convicted.

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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Washington on March 21.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Washington on March 21.
(Kevin Lamarck, pool via AP, file)

Fox News Digital obtained the State Department’s response, which was sent to Donalds’ office more than a month later.

The letter, dated April 14, reads: “One of the State Department’s highest priorities is to provide assistance to U.S. citizens who are imprisoned or detained abroad. The Department understands your concern regarding the detention of Ms. Greiner.”

“On February 17, customs police at Moscow airport detained Ms. Greiner, claiming that she was smuggling drugs. Ms. Greiner has consistently had access to her legal team. She is now in pre-trial detention outside Moscow. At a hearing on March 17, she extended Russian Court Ms. Grenier detained until May 17. The head of the Moscow Consulate at the US Embassy was allowed to visit Mrs. Greiner on March 23. Mrs. Greiner is doing the best that can be expected.”

Britney Greiner will compete at the 2021 Japan Olympic Games.

Britney Greiner will compete at the 2021 Japan Olympic Games.
(Jane Kattoff/Getty Images, file)

Donalds responded to the message in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“While I appreciate the response from the State Department, the content of the letter does not mitigate my annoyance at the Americans currently detained in Putin’s crumbling Russia,” Donalds said. “The Biden State Department’s handling of this situation is slow and the lack of force to bring our people home quickly. As we have seen under the Trump administration, now is the time for unconventional diplomacy by the Biden administration to facilitate the release of every American detained in Russia.”

The scant details about Greiner’s well-being have been a cause for concern since her arrest.

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WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert speaks before the WNBA draft on April 11.

WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert speaks before the WNBA draft on April 11.
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert addressed reporters Monday on Griner before the WNBA draft and before declaring the Atlanta Dream was on the clock.

Engelbert said officials inside and outside the WNBA are working hard to get her home.

She added, “This is an unimaginable situation for BG. She still had our full support, she was just such an amazing person in the league.” “I couldn’t be more realistic about the situation she’s in, and certainly we’re trying everything we can, every angle, working through her legal representation, her agent, elected leaders, management and everyone in our ecosystem trying to find ways to get her home safely and as quickly as possible. Can “.

Britney Greiner appeared in an undated photo after her arrest.

Britney Greiner appeared in an undated photo after her arrest.
(Russian state television)

Engelbert added that getting Grenier home was a “top priority”.

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Griner could face up to 10 years in a Russian prison if convicted.

The WNBA season is scheduled to begin May 6.